The Cecchetti Method of Ballet
The Cecchetti Method is pure in its style and places great importance on line. Enrico Cecchetti composed nearly forty adages to develop balance and poise in every possible position. His eight "port de bras", which develop carriage of the arms and upper body are known to be unsurpassed. "The prime purpose of the Cecchetti training is that the student shall not learn to dance by trying to imitate movements executed by his teacher as a model for him to follow, but shall learn to dance by studying and mastering the basic principles which govern the art; in short, to grow and develop from within out to become completely self reliant." (excerpted from Cyril Beaumont).
DANCE CLASS STRUCTURE
Moving Tots w/Parent(s) for ages
18 months-3 years of age
A 45 minute class introducing movemnt appropriate for the class. Use of parachute, balls, ribbons will be incorporated as well as "gym" time.
Kinder Ballet for ages 3-5 years
A 45 minute ballet class introducing ballet and movement concepts and gym or tap
Pre-Primary for 5 to 7 years of age
Next progression after Kinder Ballet, 45 minutes of pre-ballet and tap
Primary for ages 6-8 years of age
We continue to develop the basic elements of movement, refine the eight locomotion movements, increase the understanding of space, and of working with partners or groups. First level to take ballet exams.
Grades & Majors
For ages seven and older. The syllabus is divided into many steps. From Grade 1 we learn the basics of all ballet which continues to blossom through many years of study. It is suggested that a student take two to four classes per week. Character is also learned at this level.
A student is eligible for Pointe work at the age of eleven or twelve. A student must attend three classes or more per week to participate. This policy is for the welfare of the dancer. Permanent harm can be done if Pointe work is not taught in the proper manner.
This style of technique provides students the opportunity to be exposed to several different styles of Modern Dance, including Horton and Graham. Dancers will be led through warm-up, stretch, center-floor, combinations, and movement across the floor.
Taught as a separate class.
Guest Master Instructors
Guibord's is very excited each year to offer guest instructors. We encourage your dancer to participate in these classes when offered.
Guibord's North Country School of Ballet 15 McKinley Avenue Plattsburgh, NY 12901 561-5550